saimoe reporter volume 3 number 51

Worldbeater

previews, results

Bursting with potential.

H01
1位 184票 香椎愛莉@ロウきゅーぶ!
2位 144票 羽川翼@偽物語
3位 78票 ヘカテー@灼眼のシャナIII -Final-

H05
1位 220票 黒雪姫(ブラック・ロータス)@アクセル・ワールド
2位 124票 秋月律子@THE IDOLM@STER
3位 70票 船久保浩子@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A

H09
1位 164票 小鳥遊なずな@WORKING’!!
2位 146票 三浦あずさ@THE IDOLM@STER
3位 116票 小鳥遊空@パパのいうことを聞きなさい!

This result is confirmed.

***

Combo fails to come through again, this time Idolmaster being the unfortunate victim. Nazuna’s imouto mojo and Working at top shape were enough to prove that Nazuna was the superior Takanashi, at least in this encounter. Azusa may have lost, but she’s still seeking.  (Yeah, I just had to put a reference on MTG out there.)

RKB’s Airi was up to the task against Nisemono’s Hanekawa, who tried to stay close but not close enough. She and Hinata will be the center of RKB’s Saimoe offense from hereon.

Lastly, Hime proved that she has a voting legion behind her too, crushing her opponents in this match, and at the same time setting up a potential showdown with Shana in Round Two.

Predictions: 2-1 (68-19)

Picks: 1-2 (Azusa, Hanekawa) (49-38)

On Deck:

H02 is essentially Minchi vs. Shouko – I don’t think Kirie really has a chance here after Yuuko’s R1 performance. So two returning factions, both of them weaker than their 2011 counterparts. I have to go with Shouko here, but I think they’re evenly matched. Incidentally she also performed better than Minchi last year, so if I really have to find an edge, that might be it.

I’m favoring Nano in H06, although Cure Muse also has a good chance of winning. Nichijou has been fighting hard but those efforts were in vain. Again, I would have to refer to the group strength test here, and suffice to say that Nano is from Group One, and we know that’s a really good group. She didn’t finish in the Top Twelve there,to directly qualify, but she came close. On the other hand, Ako had an easier time in her group, but that was pool was a disaster in R1. She’s actually one of the only three remaining characters in Group Fourteen. So yeah, she might be weaker than what the numbers say. Henrietta? I doubt it even after a stellar performance by Louise in R1.

The highlight of the day would have to be LC vs. Eu vs. Kana. This would have been perfect match to “Akarin” in Saimoe fantasy – on paper these three are evenly matched. Kana’s numbers might have pushed, with Saki and Toki being in Group Five with her, but those following Saimoe long enough would know that she almost made it to the quarterfinals of Saimoe 2009. She’s hard to count out but she’s competing against the mainstays of  two “at least decent in Saimoe” series.

LC vs. Eu it is. Korezon has been doing good this year, actually, with Tomonori and Sera winning their matchups. Haruna could have too, had her draw been kinder. The second season definitely helped, I have to say and that has to bode well for Eu.

On the flipside, how about this logic: LC finished ahead of Yune in their prelims. Yune beat Erica in R1. Erica finished ahead of Eu in the prelims. So LC to beat Eu amirite? On a more serious note, it should not be forgotten that LC was a block finalist too, like Kana. Her run was stopped short by Madoka herself, but otherwise, LC really did well last year, and uh, Eu lost her opening match last year.

Ultimately, I have to go with LC here, but you know a match is really good when suddenly, paragraphs to justify the chances of each character. I hope it lives up to the billing though, and when a character from Saki is involved, you just never know.

8 thoughts on “Worldbeater

  1. Damn right, she’s still seeking. With the OVA (and I think I heard news of a second season), I anticipate Azusa showing up next year. She better at least get past round 1 then.

    On another note, this is the second time that Saimoe has gotten me unbelievably pissed at a WORKING!! character. The first time was in 2010, when that damn ceiling cat came up and swiped Tenshi’s Best 8 position (I despise Erica Hartmann for much the same reason). Could this tournament get me to hate Poplar? Nah… I don’t see that happening, at least.

    1. Feeling the pain in that second paragraph!

      Watching Tenshi kick massive amounts of butt in ISML the past two years almost makes up for it…

      MadPanda…(and again she’ll be sniped there too…bastards!)…

      1. Maybe… maybe. Though, I can’t say Nazuna, Aoi, and Erica are characters I was overly big on to begin with. I will agree with you on the factions, at any rate. Looking at the thread, I saw more than a few Ritsuko fans who left their H09 vote completely blank rather than take advantage of the IM@s combo. I also saw at least one person who was pretty much “I can’t decide between them, but I guess I’ll go with Nazuna”. -_- Had things been handled a tad differently, that 18 vote difference could’ve easily been turned around, and that pisses me off the most.

  2. Agree with Shouko and Nano, but that H16…(puts on blindfold and throws a dart)!

    Pulling hard for LC, but got a feelin’ the Saki Horde will save Kana from Hell.

    MadPanda…(gives Henrietta a hug)…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s